Author Archives: Rabbi Schindler

Words Whisper from the Grave by Rabbi Judith Schindler

May 04

Hearing the Words and Celebrating the Work of a Holocaust Hero The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of […]

Turn it and Turn It Again for Everything Is In It by Rabbis Asher Knight and Judy Schindler

Apr 26

Rabbi Asher Knight and Rabbi Judy Schindler were asked about the gifts and strengths of the congregation that Rabbi Schindler is proud to leave behind and upon which Rabbi Knight is excited to inherit and build upon.  Here are their reflections on the Torah of Temple Beth El: Rabbi Knight: It is customary for Jews […]

Going Back to Egypt by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Apr 25

[This homily was delivered at Charlotte’s Multi-faith Service Calling for the Repeal of HB2 on April 24, 2016 at Myers Park Baptist Church] We come together for a multi-faith service.   We all come from different faiths and some of us come from no formal religious faith at all.  I can understand.  Sometimes having faith is […]

Seeds of Change Sown in Charleston by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Mar 17

I was blessed to help lead a three day mission to explore Jewish Charleston with women leaders from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte. Here are my reflections on the journey: In the Charleston of the 17th century, Jews identified themselves as a “portion of the people.” But truth be told we were a “portion […]

Hebron: A City of Conflicting Narratives and Religious Passions By Rabbi Judy Schindler and Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Feb 29

Genesis describes the purchase of property by our father Abraham for the burial of our mother Sarah. The legendary cave of Machpelah, acquired through negotiation with the Hittites, became the site not only of Sarah’s grave, but also of the reconciliation of Isaac and Ishmael as they came together to bury Abraham here in Hebron. […]

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue – Lessons to Be Learned From Justice Scalia by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Feb 17

Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly on Saturday night. Within moments, a political debate began to rage around filling that most important vacancy and in whose Presidential hands the responsibility and privilege of a nomination lies. As negative political discourse currently disturbs our every day, we can learn some value lessons from the legacy Justice Scalia […]

Reflections on a Long MLK Weekend by Rabbi Judith Schindler

Jan 18

It is Monday night and I am reflecting on my long MLK weekend. It was four days of praying, marching, preaching, eating, and hoping together. Charlotte’s MLK Parade had a short route filled with spirit along Tryon Street from 11th Street to Stonewall but sadly the road ahead seems so long… and our problems seems […]

Find Yourself a Rabbi By Rabbi Judith Schindler

Jan 07

Find yourself a rabbi, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every person favorably. – Pirkei Avot 1:6 Our Mishnah teaches that we need a rabbi. We need a rabbi to teach us and to guide us. We need a rabbi to carry us through tough times and to help us celebrate sacred times. We […]

Lessons I’ve Learned from Our Youth By Rabbi Judith Schindler

Dec 28

In the Talmud, Rabbi Chanina remarked, “I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and the most from my students” (Tractate Ta’anit 7a). I echo his sentiments. Our Beth El Youth inspire me each and every day. Our Teen Band has taught me that when each congregant brings their gifts to Temple […]